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Elise Cowen
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    (1933-February 1, 1962)
    Born in Long Island, New York
    Poems include 'Words,' 'The Lady,' 'Emily,' 'A Skin' and 'Sitting'
    She dated Allen Ginsberg and looked like him at the time.
    After breaking up with him, she and her lover Shelia shared an apartment with Ginsberg and his lover Peter.
    Ginsberg called her 'an intellectual madwoman.'
    She stole books from libraries and bookstores, saying it was 'the only moral way' to acquire them.
    She suffered depression and had several nervous breakdowns.
    She checked herself out of Bellevue Hospital against her doctors' advice.
    She committed suicide by jumping through a locked window in her parents' seventh-floor apartment.
    After her death, her parents destroyed most of her writings.
    Her favorite poets included T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound and Dylan Thomas, and she could recite their works from memory.
    Beat chronicler Joyce Johnson said of her relation with Ginsberg, 'Elise was a moment in Allen's life. In Elise's life, Allen was an eternity.'
    Her friend Leo Skir possessed 83 of her poems when she died and arranged for their publication.

Credit: C. Fishel

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